One of the most common dilemmas that divorcing people face is whether to move out or stay in the marital home. If domestic violence or threats ofit exist,the couple should not continue living together. But if the physical safety of the couple and their children is not at risk the issue becomes less clear. Some couples going through a Chicago divorce continue living together tokeep expenses in check during the divorce as divorce is often expensive. There is also the possibility that if one party moves out the opposing party mayallege abandonment or dissipation. Moving out and paying rent at a new place may not excuse a party from the legal obligation to continue to pay for all or a portion of theexpenses of the marital home. Further, the contact that a parent has with the children may be greatly reduced by moving out if the children stay in the marital home. Thus, moving out can negatively affect the custody and visitation results in a divorce. On the other hand, living together during an Illinoisdivorce could be problematic or detrimental in some cases. Will there be unpleasant disagreements in front of the children? Will the couple be discussing the legal case in front of the children? Does your spouse or you have a girlfriend or boyfriend that will be visitingthe home and will that make it harder to settle the divorce case? If couples can afford to live separately and it will not be detrimental to either party or the children it can be the best option in some Chicago divorce cases. Speak with your attorney about what is the best option in your particular case. If you have questions on this issue or another Illinois divorce issue, contact Chicago divorce lawyer Tanya Witt of The Witt Law Firm, P.C. at (312) 948-9884 or The above blog post does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney.